Kolkata Knight Riders

Kolkata Knight Riders

Last Updated: 15 November 2021

The two-time champions and the runners-up of the last season, Kolkata Knight Riders have been one of the most popular franchises of the world’s biggest T20 league – the IPL. The team has had a huge fan base since the inaugural season of the IPL 2008 as this team is jointly owned by India’s biggest superstar from Bollywood – Mr Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla.

This ‘Purple Army’ representing the city of Kolkata was bought by Red Chillies Entertainment of Shah Rukh Khan and Mehta Group of Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta in 2008 for $75.09 million.

In the first match of the inaugural season of IPL 2008, the team’s then opener and current coach, Brendon McCullum smashed opponents to score 158 which was the highest individual score in T20 cricket at that time. From that match, the team has not looked back in terms of attacking cricket.

Brendon McCullum from KKR smashed 158 in the first ever IPL match at Bangalore.

Cricket Betting

The first few seasons were not in favour of KKR as they have failed to execute their plans well on the ground despite having T20 specialists across the world with them. Kolkata Knight Riders initially ran the slogan “All the King’s Men” for the first four seasons they participated in the IPL.

However, upon the start of the 5th edition of the IPL, they replaced this slogan with “New Dawn, New Knights”. This change in slogan wasn’t just for the fun of it, as the Kolkata Knight Riders owners were not impressed with the team’s performances in the first four seasons of the IPL. Having only reached the playoffs once in four years and being immediately eliminated in the year they reached the play-offs, the KKR owners felt the team needed a refresh and so revamped the branding.

The management had appointed Gautam Gambhir as their captain in 2011 and the team’s fortunes changed. From that season Gambhir led a group full of energy and an attacking approach to win 2 IPL titles in the next 5 years.

Under Gautam Gambhir’s captaincy KKR won two titles in 5 years.

Cricket Betting

KKR won IPL 2012 by defeating one of the most consistent teams of the IPL; CSK in the final while chasing tricky 191 with the help of Manvinder Bisla’s 89 runs.

Again in IPL 2014, after losing the first 5 matches from 7, they have won the title while chasing a massive target of 200 against Kings 11 Punjab in the final. Manish Pandey scored 94 in that match and came for the rescue to clinch the team’s 2nd title.

Till IPL 2021, KKR have played a total of 229 T20 matches and managed to win 117 out of those with a win percentage of 51.09%, This mighty side played a final of the last season and finished as runners-up under the captaincy of Eon Morgan. KKR are famous for always trusting bowlers in the auction and so far in IPL history, this team has found many of such young bowling talents. With the help of these bowlers, this team has created a record to bowled out opponents on the lowest score of 49 in the IPL.

Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2021

The first phase of IPL 2021 which was played in India between April and May 2021, had been a terrible outing for KKR. In India, KKR played 7 matches in the first phase but managed to win just 2 out of those 7 games. The team started the season on a good note by defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad in the first match but they lost the next 4 consecutive games before their second win against Punjab Kings.

completed
15 Oct 2021,
Dubai International Cricket Stadium,
Indian Premier League 2021
csk
Chennai Super Kings
192/3(19.6ov)
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders
165/9(19.6ov)
completed
13 Oct 2021,
Sharjah Cricket Stadium,
Indian Premier League 2021
Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals
135/5(19.6ov)
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders
136/7(19.5ov)
completed
11 Oct 2021,
Sharjah Cricket Stadium,
Indian Premier League 2021
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore
138/7(19.6ov)
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders
139/6(19.4ov)
completed
07 Oct 2021,
Sharjah Cricket Stadium,
Indian Premier League 2021
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders
171/4(19.6ov)
rajasthan royals
Rajasthan Royals
85/10(16.1ov)
completed
03 Oct 2021,
Dubai International Cricket Stadium,
Indian Premier League 2021
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders
119/4(19.3ov)
SRH
Sunrisers Hyderabad
115/8(19.6ov)
completed
01 Oct 2021,
Dubai International Cricket Stadium,
Indian Premier League 2021
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders
165/7(19.6ov)
Punjab Kings
Punjab Kings
168/5(19.3ov)
completed
29 Sep 2021,
Dubai International Cricket Stadium,
Indian Premier League 2021
rajasthan royals
Rajasthan Royals
149/9(19.6ov)
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore
153/3(17.1ov)
completed
28 Sep 2021,
Sharjah Cricket Stadium,
Indian Premier League 2021
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders
130/7(18.2ov)
Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals
127/9(19.6ov)
completed
26 Sep 2021,
Sheikh Zayed Stadium,
Indian Premier League 2021
csk
Chennai Super Kings
172/8(19.6ov)
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders
171/6(19.6ov)
completed
23 Sep 2021,
Sheikh Zayed Stadium,
Indian Premier League 2021
mumbai indians
Mumbai Indians
155/6(19.6ov)
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders
159/3(14.6ov)
completed
20 Sep 2021,
Sheikh Zayed Stadium,
Indian Premier League 2021
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders
94/1(9.6ov)
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore
92/10(11.3ov)
completed
29 Apr 2021,
Narendra Modi Stadium,
Indian Premier League 2021
Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals
3-156
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders
6-154
completed
26 Apr 2021,
Narendra Modi Stadium,
Indian Premier League 2021
Punjab Kings
Punjab Kings
9-123
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders
5-126
completed
24 Apr 2021,
Wankhede Stadium,
Indian Premier League 2021
rajasthan royals
Rajasthan Royals
4-134
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders
9-133
completed
21 Apr 2021,
Wankhede Stadium,
Indian Premier League 2021
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders
202
csk
Chennai Super Kings
3-220
completed
18 Apr 2021,
M.A. Chidambaram Stadium,
Indian Premier League 2021
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore
4-204
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders
8-166
completed
13 Apr 2021,
M.A. Chidambaram Stadium,
Indian Premier League 2021
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders
7-142
mumbai indians
Mumbai Indians
152
completed
11 Apr 2021,
M.A. Chidambaram Stadium,
Indian Premier League 2021
SRH
Sunrisers Hyderabad
5-177
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders
6-187

When IPL was moved to UAE for the second phase in September and October, KKR walked on the ground with a ‘nothing to lose’ approach and delivered some top-notch performances to surprise everyone who doubted the team’s form. They have made it through the knockout stage and ended up as runners-up in IPL 2021.

KKR have added Venkatesh Iyer to the squad as an opener in the second phase and he had a superb season as he helped this team to win 3 out of 7 matches in the second phase. KKR played a total of 10 matches in phase 2 including eliminator, qualifier, and final out of which they lost only 3 games including the final.

KKR lost just 3 games out of the 10 they played in the UAE leg of IPL 2021

Cricket Betting

The 2 times champions strongly dominated phase 2 of the IPL 2021 as their players like Shubman Gill who scored 478 runs in the season, Rahul Tripathi who scored 397 runs in the season, all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer who was phenomenal with bat and ball, were in good touch and helped their team to go all the way through to the final.

Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Opposition

The following table shows KKR’s performance over the years against the other IPL franchises.

OppositionPlayedWonLostNRWin%
Chennai Super Kings28918133.33%
Delhi Capitals301613155.17%
Kings XI Punjab291910065.52%
Mumbai Indians29722024.14%
Rajasthan Royals251311154.17%
Royal Challengers Bangalore301713056.67%
Sunrisers Hyderabad21147066.67%
KKR vs Opposition

Key Points:

  • 66.67% win rate aganst SRH is KKR’s highest win rate against an IPL team followed closely by the win rate of 65.52 against PBKS.
  • KKR have played the most number of matches aganist Delhi Capitals (30) winning 16 and losing 13 with one match ending in no-result.
  • By far, KKR’s worst perfomance has been against Mumbai Indians with just 7 wins in 29 enounters – a win rate of paltry 24.14.

KKR have almot two-third win percentage against both SRH and PBKS.

Cricket Betting

Kolkata Knight Riders Players

Kolkata Knight Riders roster for the upcoming IPL 2020 season is looking to be an interesting one. Kolkata Knight Riders have yet to reach a final since 2014, having reached the playoffs just three times in the last five seasons. With star player Brednon McCullum announcing his retirement from all formats of cricket, he has taken over the role as head coach for the Kolkata Knight Riders, relieving Jacques Kallis of his duties. After failing to reach the playoffs in their 2019 season, there is a great amount of speculation as to where KKR need to improve and which players will be released and who will be brought in. Overshadowing the KKR players performances was an overwhelming amount of rumours that team was not gelling together on and off the pitch amid a lambasting from Andre Russell, one of the better performing players for KKR over the years, saying the team has been making bad decisions. Also, pin-pointing their poor bowling and fielding performances to be the root of their downfall, as the team lost 6 games on the trot. If KKR are to make the 2020 finals they will need to win important games like the KKR vs MI encounter. They currently trail 19-6 on the KKR to MI head to head count! 

NameTeamRoleBowling StyleBatting StyleNationalityMatchesRunsRuns AverageWickets
Eoin Morgan KKRBatsmanRight-arm mediumLeft HandedEngland66127225.440
Karun NairKKRBatsmanOff breakRight HandedIndia73148024.260
Nitish RanaKKRBatsmanOff breakLeft HandedIndia60143728.177
Rahul TripathiKKRBatsmanRight-arm mediumRight HandedIndia4598825.330
Rinku SinghKKRBatsmanOff breakLeft HandedIndia1177110
Shubman GillKKRBatsmanOff breakRight HandedIndia4193933.530
Harbhajan SinghKKRBowlerOff breakRight HandedIndia16082915.64150
Kamlesh NagarkotiKKRBowlerKamlesh NagarkotiRight HandedIndia10227.335
Kuldeep YadavKKRBowlerSlow left-arm chinamanLeft HandedIndia45579.540
Lockie FergusonKKRBowlerRight-arm fastRight HandedNew Zealand144411
Pat CumminsKKRBowlerRight-arm fastRight HandedAustralia3022317.529
Pawan NegiKKRBowlerSlow left-arm orthodoxLeft HandedIndia5036514.0334
Prasidh KrishnaKKRBowlerRight-arm medium fastRight HandedIndia243318
Sandeep WarrierKKRBowlerRight-arm mediumRight HandedIndia402
Shivam MaviKKRBowlerRight-arm fast mediumRight HandedIndia17234.614
Vaibhav AroraKKRBowlerRight-arm fast mediumRight HandedIndia
Varun ChakaravarthyKKRBowlerLeg break googlyRight HandedIndia1410518
Andre RussellKKRAll RounderRight-arm fastRight HandedWest Indies74151729.7461
Ben CuttingKKRAll RounderRight-arm fast mediumRight HandedAustralia2123821.6310
Shakib Al HasanKKRAll RounderSlow left-arm orthodoxLeft HandedBangladesh6374621.3159
Sunil NarineKKRAll RounderOff breakLeft HandedWest Indies12089216.83127
Venkatesh IyerKKRAll RounderRight-arm mediumLeft HandedIndia
Dinesh Karthik KKRWicket KeeperOff breakRight HandedIndia1963823260
Sheldon JacksonKKRWicket KeeperRight HandedIndia438190
Tim SeifertKKRWicket KeeperRight HandedNew Zealand

KKR Team

The shift in how the KKR team was shaped began in 2011, which was incidentally the year they reached the play-offs for the first time as well. 

Their icon player, Sourav Ganguly was not retained in 2011, which sparked controversy amongst KKR fans and cricket fans across India and the world. Despite this, Kolkata Knight Riders didn’t change their decision and made a purchase of $2.4million for Gautam Gambhir who was also appointed as captain for the KKR team. In the same auction KKR also purchased Indian batsmen Yusuf Pathan for $2.1million. The 2011 auction also saw the Kolkata Knight Riders bring in many overseas superstars such as Brett Lee, Jacques Kallis, Eoin Morgan and more join a newly revamped squad for KKR. Unfortunately, this new squad only managed to reach the play-offs, but this was progress for KKR in the right direction.

It was in 2012 were the Kolkata Knight Riders made important player purchases by acquiring former KKR Brendon McCullum and spin bowler Sunil Narine, who both played important roles in guiding the Kolkata Knight Riders to their first IPL title in 2012. It wasn’t till 2014, in the KKR vs KXIP final, where the Kolkata Knight Riders repeated their 2012 season and went on to win the IPL for a second time, making KKR a franchise to be recognised.

KKR Team 2019

The KKR team 2019 had a mixed bag of performances throughout the season, and their lack of continuity resulted in them not reaching the play-offs. With many IPL teams expecting to be affected by players leaving for pre-world cup preparations, the KKR team 2019 was actually the one team that was affected the least, with only English batsmen Joe Denly leaving early. KKR started the 2019 IPL season with an excellent start winning their four out of their first five matches.

However, they went on to have one of their worst losing streaks in KKR history, losing the next 6 matches including the final match of the season KKR vs RCB, as they were unable to defend the target they had set each time. They were handed a lifeline when they defeated the Mumbai Indians, but this was not enough as they missed the play-offs on net run rate to Sunrisers Hyderabad. Their star player Andre Russell, who made a string of superb performances and was the fifth-highest run-scorer of the tournament. Russell felt let down by the team’s poor bowling performances and lack of team cohesion in the dressing room. Still, things could have been worse – they could have been RCB who finished last.

KKR vs DC will be a highly anticipated match as Cummins meets the master Kohli.

KKR Team 2018

The KKR team 2018 was moulded together thanks to a massive spending spree from the owners in the IPL auction. Having retained key individual players such as Andre Russell and Sunil Narine, the KKR team 2018 also the addition of Australian big-hitter Chris Lynn for Rs 9.6 crores. The KKR team 2018 had a mixed bag of performances I. the group stages but three wins from their last three games saw them secure a playoff spot. The KKR team secured their first win of the playoffs against the Rajasthan Royals comfortably defeating them by 25 runs. We have more analysis on the head to head fixtures over at page KKR vs RR.

Looking to reach the first IPL final since 2014, KKR took on the Sunrisers Hyderabad. An excellent performance from the Sunrisers’ Rashid Khan proved to be the difference between the two sides, as the KKR team’s big hitters, Yusuf Pathan and Carlos Brathwaite, were unable to propel their team to victory during the middle overs of the match leading KKR to lose by 14 runs.

KKR Team 2017

The KKR team 2017 saw many players from the previous season released and very few retained. The likes of Morne Morkel, Brad Hogg and Jason Holder were all released prior to the 2017 auctions. With English all-rounder Chris Woakes, New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult, Australian Nathan Coulter-Nile and Darren Bravo all brought in.

Unfortunately for the KKR team 2017, they would be without talisman Andre Russell due to a doping violation where he failed to file his whereabouts three times in 2015 leading him to be suspended for one-year. Despite the loss of Russel, KKR made their way through the group stages and qualified for the players after finishing in fourth in the table. Their first playoff match was hampered with rain in Bengaluru in the KKR vs SRH (Sunrisers Hyderabad) match, this eventually was of good fortune to the KKR team as they won comfortably on the Duck Worth Lewis Method and were one match closer to 2017 final. However, after a lacklustre batting performance in their next match against the Mumbai Indians, KKR were demolished as they lost by 6 wickets. Their standout performer of the season would be captain Gautum Gambhir, who racked up 498 runs. With fast bowler Umesh Yadav collecting 17 wickets.

Season Results

YearPlayedWinsLossesTiedNRWin %Position
200814670146.166
200914391123.078
2010147700506
201115870053.334
2012181250170.58Winners
2013166100037.57
2014161141068.75Winners
201514760153.845
201615870053.334
201716970056.253
201816970056.253
201914671042.865
202014770050.005
202117980052.94Runner-up

The KKR vs MI fixture almost always goes the way of Mumbai. So it was all the more surprising when Kolkata managed to beat MI in one of the 2019 fixures. The KKR vs MI head to head count sees MI winning 19 of the 25 contests.

Kolkata Knight Riders Best Players

Kolkata Knight Riders best players have performed for them year in and year out. Even if the team was not performing to its best, there have been key individuals who have always given their all. The batting averages for KKR are relatively modest, which is all the more surprising that they won the IPL in 2012 and 2014. KD Karthik is the only player to average in the 40s having scored over 500 runs.

The bowling unit for KKR includes the standout right-arm off-break Sunil Narine. Collecting more than one wicket per match at an average of 23.3 and an economy rate of 6.67 Narine is consistently the best KKR bowler.

KKR are sploit this year having Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan and Tom Banton as overseas players as well as the all-important Dinesh Karthik. 

*Scored 500+ runs

PlayerYearsInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR1005004s6s
G Gambhir2011-20171081230359331.612442124.280271035246
RV Uthappa2014-201984424398730.481790136.25016425585
YK Pathan2011-2017913118937231.551369138.2707715085
AD Russell2014-20194810134288*35.31711188.7408293117
JH Kallis2011-2014545129580*26.421213106.7607512823
CA Lynn2014-2019403127493*34.43901141.39010312763
SA Yadav2014-201741146086022.51461131.880115421
MS Bisla2011-20142715439220.88494109.910326016
DJ Hussey2008-20102345117126.89404126.480233128

KKR Best Bowlers

bowlers with 20+ wickets

PlayerYearsInnsOversMdnsRunsWktsBBIAveEconSR
SP Narine2012-2019109426.1328451225/1923.316.6720.9
PP Chawla2014-201969223.201835664/3227.88.2120.3
AD Russell2014-201954150.101309544/2024.248.7116.6
UT Yadav2014-201747161.301393484/3329.028.6220.1
Shakib Al Hasan2011-201742153.311101433/1725.67.1721.4
JH Kallis2011-20144815311153423/1327.457.5321.8
Kuldeep Yadav2016-201939137.201144394/2029.338.3321.1
L Balaji2011-201335124.32920334/1827.877.3822.6
R Bhatia2011-2013431290931323/2229.097.2124.1
M Morkel2014-201629111.32870322/1827.187.820.9
Iqbal Abdulla2008-201332102.20674283/2424.076.5821.9
I Sharma2008-201031110.11862252/1534.487.8226.4
AB Dinda2008-20102786.10605223/3327.57.0223.5
YK Pathan2011-201745911674213/2032.097.426

Kolkata Knight Riders – 2022 Mega Auctions

KKR have built a team last year which was highly dependent on young talent but as per the rules of IPL 2022, the mega auction will be conducted ahead of this new season and each team is allowed to retain a maximum of 4 players. As far as KKR are concerned, they will try to retain their 3 young Indian players; opener Shubman Gill, all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer, and a mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy. For the last slot of foreign players, they will pick up one of Sunil Narine or Andre Russel for next season.

KKR Owner

The KKR owner has been responsible for the large coverage and popularity of the Kolkata Knight Riders, thanks to their celebrity statuses. The KKR owners consist of a 55% share for Bollywood legend Shah Rukh Khan through his company Red Chillies Entertainment. With the other 45% of the franchise owned by Bollywood actress Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta through their company, Mehta Group. All of the owners have been a part of the KKR setup since 2008 as they partnered up to purchase the franchise for$75.09million/₹2.98 billion. The superstar status brought to the franchise by both Bollywood celebrities cultivated a large reach of the KKR brand, this helped attract many players as well as sponsors.

Team Details
  • Indian Premier League Wins: 2014 & 2012
  • Best Finish: Champions (2014 & 2012), Runner-up (2021)
  • Owner: Red Chillies Entertainment & Mehta Group
  • Venue: Eden Garden Stadium
  • Coach: Brendon McCullum
  • Captain: Eoin Morgan
KKR Top Run Scorers 2021
  • Shubman Gill – 478 at 28.11
  • Rahul Tripathi – 397 at 28.35
  • Nitish Rana – 383 at 29.46

Most runs (and average) in the last IPL from KKR.

KKR Top Wicket Takers 2021
  • Varun Chakravarthy – 18 at 6.58
  • Sunil Narine – 16 at 6.44
  • Lockie Ferguson – 13 at 7.46

Most wickets (and economy) in the last IPL from KKR.

KKR Team Stats

Lowest Score – 67

KKR 67/10 vs MI 68/2, Mumbai, May 16 2008

Highest Score – 246/5

KKR 245/6 vs PBKS 214/8, Delhi, May 12 2018

Highest Winning Margin Runs – 140

KKR 222/3 vs RCB 82/10, Bangalore, Apr 18 2008

Highest Successful Chase – 206

RCB 205/3 vs KKR 206/5, Bangalore, May 5th 2019

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